The Science of Laziness

  • Published on May 22, 2014
  • Why are some people so lazy? Is there a couch-potato gene?
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    Neurobiology of Mice Selected for High Voluntary Wheel-running Activity
    Mice from lines selectively bred for high voluntary wheel running exhibit lower blood pressure during withdrawal from wheel access
    Patterns of Brain Activity With Variation in Voluntary Wheel-Running Behaviour
    Current understanding of the genetic basis for physical activity.
    Genetic influences on exercise participation in 37,051 twin pairs from seven countries.
    Does the difference between physically active and couch potato lie in the dopamine system?
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  • Adam B
    Adam B 2 days ago

    It should be called AsapOPINION lol!

  • Adam Zouali
    Adam Zouali 7 days ago

    Is this weird day I ate something 200 calories+ I’d go for run to burn it off and if I don’t exercise everyday I feel rlly wierd

  • Cacophonix
    Cacophonix 8 days ago

    This video is so lazy.... "Because of genes and stuff, you're lazy because you're lazy... and dopamine something or other, we think" Good job.

  • Land Owner
    Land Owner 14 days ago

    I need to be lazy to live if i get up I'll get dizzy light headed nausa and I'll literally faint so i have to stay in this bed and i losy over 50 pounds

  • Sage Exotics
    Sage Exotics 15 days ago

    AKA the science of me

  • Balakrishnan Prakash
    Balakrishnan Prakash 16 days ago

    I am too lazy to see the complete video

  • Alminas Plunge
    Alminas Plunge 16 days ago

    I just want to say, that there is no such a thing as couch potato gene, it is a mutation of a normal gene, SLC35D3, that regulates activity levels. but that is something we can all overcome... LOL

  • Abdullah Ashrafi
    Abdullah Ashrafi 17 days ago

    Can't find the vidoe that u mentioned

  • Dillon Bryan
    Dillon Bryan 18 days ago

    Laziness isn’t a gene it’s a choice I can tell you that from personal experience, my mother, grandfather, brother, my father all are not lazy, my laziness is a choice and so is yours, we can’t take the results of mice as evidence that humans work like that too

  • Jordan King
    Jordan King 18 days ago

    Gym over laziness

  • James Sunderland
    James Sunderland 19 days ago

    I'm too lazy to even wri

    AMV RAGE 19 days ago

    i finally found a reason not to do stuff. thanks science guy

  • I Worried About The Worlds

    In asia they work so hard

  • Mel Ortiz
    Mel Ortiz 19 days ago

    I definitely crave activity. I get all thrown off and anxious If I can't exercise.

  • Ali Ajaj
    Ali Ajaj 20 days ago

    Ah that explains a lot. During a certain time a month ago when the semester began and I “was too busy” to run while overstudying on a bad routine, I would feel much more depressed and my legs would literally jitter and have a strong urge to move. I would feel extremely uncomfortable unless I walked or ran as if it was an itch I couldn’t scratch unless I moved. Fast forward 4 weeks of getting back into my normal running routine and organizing my schedule more efficiently, I’m much more energetic and happy. I know I’ve been running cross country and track in high school, but I realized how much I was literally addicted to running when I stopped during said time. I wonder if it is genetic, ecause my father used to run to school daily and travel very long distances through the desert on trading and camping trips as well as my mother who spent her whole childhood on her feet in a forest fishing community.

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  • firstdayofwinter
    firstdayofwinter 20 days ago

    My mother at least is incredibly hard working, my father is not too lazy either, but I feel like one of the laziest person on the earth... Sadly both of my parents and especially my mom need lots of sleep, so I'm lazy AND sleepy...

  • Alexis Vasquez
    Alexis Vasquez 20 days ago

    I was too lazy to watch a 2 minute video on laziness so I put it in my watch later list

  • Keval Sharma
    Keval Sharma 21 day ago

    Here is another example of it😂😂

  • simple simple
    simple simple 21 day ago

    I am very lazy. But I don't want to be.

  • Syed Sammer Haider
    Syed Sammer Haider 23 days ago

    Am I the laziest person ever?
    Because when I saw your thumbnail I put your video in watch later

  • 00 Coyote
    00 Coyote 23 days ago

    It's my genetics! I am not at fault! ... Can I get disability for this? Will the govt pay me for my condition?

  • 00 Coyote
    00 Coyote 23 days ago

    I am super productive at work and super lazy at home... I knew I was screwed up!

  • ImplantedMemories
    ImplantedMemories 23 days ago

    The only thing holding me back is the boredom of the daily life. If I have to do things I don't like for a certain amount of time, I get bored. And when I'm bored I land right here on USclip or Netflix.

  • Wood Wrecker
    Wood Wrecker 24 days ago

    Yay most of these people are fat

  • Phil Swift Memer
    Phil Swift Memer 24 days ago

    I was too lazy to watch this

  • ARLINKHA Foreveryoursxx

    Homeschooling has become bad...I have not stepped a foot out of my house for about a year...oof

  • Aji Febriyanto
    Aji Febriyanto 25 days ago

    Great.. Now I can blame genes for my laziness..

  • Scrappy Coco
    Scrappy Coco 25 days ago

    Thanks for the explanation.
    This explain why im so lazy & might be good reason not to pass down my gene.

  • Daily Sandwich
    Daily Sandwich 26 days ago

    Does anyone notice how he is saying layzienes-lazenes ( sorry for bad spelling

  • Kostas Zza
    Kostas Zza 26 days ago +1

    better to be lazy like a cat than be motivated like a slave .

    • General Eisa
      General Eisa 16 days ago +1

      According to me Math is being like a slave for the government

  • B8848NP
    B8848NP 26 days ago +1

    There is a lazy contest
    People are said to raise hand 🖐
    But no-one won the contest

  • taner raven
    taner raven 26 days ago

    Oh really motivation thats what we should rely on?

    ASMR-SENSEI 26 days ago

    I'm too lazy to fin th cmmt

  • Doctor Jaikal
    Doctor Jaikal 26 days ago

    So its all my parents fault

  • It's Candy Time Boys and Girls

    Being lazy let productive people stand out and win, since there's no competition at all.
    So, in a way, lazy people are actually being productive and helping improve the world.
    You can't fight that logic.

  • Samath Nimthaka
    Samath Nimthaka 26 days ago

    Well. I'm addicted to exercise.i'm chosen

  • shawn bla
    shawn bla 27 days ago

    I see no good runner president!

  • Twotimin JimmyJones
    Twotimin JimmyJones 27 days ago

    Too lazy to watch this. Bye

  • Spyros M.
    Spyros M. 27 days ago

    can someone send me water and food i'm at my couch

  • LinearLogic
    LinearLogic 28 days ago +2

    Was too lazy to watch the whole vid

  • dragonblade101
    dragonblade101 28 days ago

    I didn't ask to be lazy mom!! Crap the end of the video.

  • Chris Wright
    Chris Wright 28 days ago

    *proceeds to add ‘the science of productivity’ to my watch later list*

  • Gugu Masango
    Gugu Masango 28 days ago +2

    I’m procrastinating as we speak

  • Ashwin Achu
    Ashwin Achu 29 days ago +1

    Listening to this while eating lays on my couch with tv on and 7up bottle nearby

  • Don't tread on me
    Don't tread on me 29 days ago

    Well time to get a cheeseburger and a bj...

  • Ryan Muthui
    Ryan Muthui Month ago

    I gotta run

  • Ryujin The Third
    Ryujin The Third Month ago

    My parents and grand parents work like it's their last, but me and my sister just sit around with the chance of being forced to get up to go some where or food:)

  • Lance Cruz
    Lance Cruz Month ago

    I'm expertly lazy.

  • uryakant919
    uryakant919 Month ago

    Screens make us lazy

  • Joe Nathan
    Joe Nathan Month ago

    Wow, that many lazy people, including me. And still counting as the real lazy are yet to see the video...hahaha

  • Galaxy of GreatnessTV

    Just tell yourself you are a productive person of purpose and you will get better

  • Rin Rin
    Rin Rin Month ago

    I love working out, I'm not lazy for it, however I'm lazy for everything thing else, especially going to school and studying :/

  • Bikash Rava
    Bikash Rava Month ago

    in the battle of me and gene!
    can i win in this battle or is it possible?

  • Mista_Fur
    Mista_Fur Month ago

    If you'll excuse me, I'm doing my best to impersonate a man in a coma.

  • Mista_Fur
    Mista_Fur Month ago

    I call bullshit, because my dad would wake up at like 4 in the morning and work all day, and I like to just lay in bed and play videogames. If I can get anything done in the world by just using my mouth, I'm extremely pleased.

  • Original Wasta
    Original Wasta Month ago

    Wow, I am a professional.

  • Iminent &Bowman
    Iminent &Bowman Month ago +1

    Great now I am still lazy and now depressed

  • Inung Diary
    Inung Diary Month ago +1

    Couch potato gene here🖐

  • Gabriel Maximus
    Gabriel Maximus Month ago

    Mice run more each day than 98% of humans I've known.

    Dont ya think it's also to do with the fact that exercise is literally damaging your body to make it stronger? Exercise can hurt as much as actually injuring yourself but milder.

  • The Dude
    The Dude Month ago

    I saw the heading and I was like...
    I gotta watch this man!!!

  • Reggie Chen
    Reggie Chen Month ago

    Iam always too lazzzzzzzzyyyyyyyyy zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 😀🇵🇭

  • mc rongaruu
    mc rongaruu Month ago

    I'm too lazy to try not be lazy🤷🏽‍♂️

  • Ensign MJS
    Ensign MJS Month ago

    It's cold outside due to a cold front.
    It's rainy and windy outside due to said cold front sucking moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.
    I just took a 2 - 3 hour nap.
    I just ordered Chinese food.
    Exercise can wait.

  • Raluca
    Raluca Month ago

    I'm too lazy to watch this entirely

  • I am a Crusader
    I am a Crusader Month ago

    Evolution of the gaps. Because everything--from couch potatoes to the taste of nachos--can be explained by the greatest adult fairy tale.

  • Jambos no that its true ram your 1902

    To lazy did no watch it all and can't be fuckrd to type no

  • Prakash
    Prakash Month ago

    I am the Emperor of lazy land but not inefficient.

  • xSLAY3R125x x
    xSLAY3R125x x Month ago

    So basically im dumb asf cause of some genes thats great life is awesome 😐

  • Rohit yadav
    Rohit yadav Month ago

    be desciplined

  • meth pipe
    meth pipe Month ago

    What dopamine

  • duck9000
    duck9000 Month ago

    I’m just lazy in general, like really lazy! Especially in school (because I’m not interested but I know it’s important) I try to push myself but I’m still lazy.

  • Frank Lo
    Frank Lo Month ago

    Lazy people are sick or they have to much dopamine already. Not rocket science

  • DiscoBus
    DiscoBus Month ago If you are lazy YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS.

  • Lamb Chop
    Lamb Chop Month ago

    Hi fellow lazy bones.
    I was to lazy to write this comment 3/4 years ago.
    Oh well... Better late than never.

  • Diana H.
    Diana H. Month ago

    *Warning:* *Put on your earphone!!!*

  • green eggs and ham
    green eggs and ham Month ago

    Am not lazy am just saving energy!

  • Faizan Sultan
    Faizan Sultan Month ago

    If this video was a minute longer, I would've been too lazy to go through the whole video

  • ASOMEA 27
    ASOMEA 27 Month ago +5

    USclip knows me well that's why it is in my recommendation.

  • Greatest Ever
    Greatest Ever Month ago

    Lazy people actually invent stuff that matters. Like sliced bread. I don't even bother with the knife if it isn't sliced I tare it apart.

  • Leo Magician
    Leo Magician Month ago

    I hate feeling lazy. It makes you do nothing.

  • ASCK 47
    ASCK 47 Month ago

    Isn't sleeping 23 hrs a day normal?

  • Nëutt Matthew Nord

    AsapSCIENCE detected that i'm a SUPER-LAZY person

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Suomi

    Im lazy dont want to do anything not even eat like is somethi g wrong with me

  • Sanjeev kumar Kurup

    so lazy that i added this to my watch later list.

  • fred durst
    fred durst Month ago


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    Mobile Vlog#2.0 Month ago

    Now I understand how the phrase LAZY DOG was coined out !

  • Mobile Vlog#2.0
    Mobile Vlog#2.0 Month ago

    Now I understand how the phrase LAZY DOG was coined out !

    RIZVI MOHSIN Month ago

    It’s NOT genetic. Stop being like scientists - no proof only theories.

    • IMEW
      IMEW Month ago

      Really? Think again.
      Also, you stating that this is just a “theory” wouldn’t work in this case because a scientific theory is backed up by evidence, meaning if this was only a theory, which it isn’t, it would still be backed up. A theory and a scientific theory are not the same thing.

  • Daniel S
    Daniel S Month ago

    Food for thought...
    I'll sleep on it.

  • cuz i’m cute
    cuz i’m cute Month ago

    I feel like 🥔

  • PES Veriyans
    PES Veriyans Month ago

    I am lazy to write the comment so it takes this long time for me to type comment...

  • 3Odat's Lair
    3Odat's Lair Month ago +2

    I was too lazy to click on the video

  • MsNovazz
    MsNovazz Month ago

    So i am genetically lazy to do exercise?

  • Parvez Ahmed
    Parvez Ahmed Month ago

    See that's why I m lazy

  • anonymous 29
    anonymous 29 Month ago

    From where you got this fake knowledge. Stop spreading wrong message.

  • Rozina N
    Rozina N Month ago

    I’m lazy but the gym is a must in my sched!! Lol 😅

  • Norbero Fontanez
    Norbero Fontanez Month ago

    I WORKED for 40yrs...including military service...MOST of THEM on my FEET....I'm semiretired...I ain't doing JACK SHIT....Mona..get me a BEER🍺🍺🍺